The Vinyl Sustainability Council (VSC) is a self-funded business committee dedicated to promoting the sustainable development of the vinyl industry. At its annual meeting, it awarded the 2021 Recycling Award to Lakeland Polymers in Boonton, New Jersey. In recognition of their Flex-Tech gas hose recycling program.
"Lakeland's innovative post-processing strategy allows them to convert two different types of plastic waste into reusable raw materials for alternative applications," said Jay Thomas, executive director of the Vinyl Sustainability Council. "This product innovation keeps PVC away from landfills."
The Vinyl Sustainability Council’s Recycling Award recognizes recyclers and product manufacturers operating in North America for finding new solutions and/or markets for PVC scrap or waste, increasing the use of recycled vinyl content in their products and/or recycling Establish a partnership with the company in the plan.
Lakeland Polymers Flex-Tech Gas Hose Recycling Program Lakeland Polymers is a plastic recycling company that prides itself on solving and solving challenges for its customers. In February 2021, Lakeland Polymers partnered with Flex-Tech Hose of San Marcos, Texas to find solutions for PVC and copolyester waste problems. Lakeland is able to develop a customized recycling process that allows incompatible materials in the waste to be processed into reusable forms.
"Our experience in recycling PVC waste has allowed us to develop solutions to recycle items that are difficult to recycle. This project is another step we have taken to help reduce waste and further our sustainable development efforts for our customers and suppliers." Said David Maute, co-owner of Lakeland Polymers. "Thank you VSC for recognizing our work in this successful company and for giving us this award."
In this program, Lakeland processes more than 45,000 pounds of PVC waste from Flex-Tech every month. So far, the partnership has transferred more than 325,000 pounds of PVC from the landfill, thereby extending the life and sustainable use of vinyl.
About the Vinyl Sustainability Committee The Vinyl Sustainability Committee (VSC) was established in 2016 in cooperation with the Vinyl Research Institute. It is a committee that aims to advance the efforts of the vinyl industry in solving sustainable development issues. VSC is a collaboration platform for companies, organizations and other industry stakeholders to jointly create a sustainable development path for the industry. For more information, please visit vantagevinyl.com/vinyl-sustainability-council/.
About Lakeland Polymers Founded in 1999, Lakeland Polymers continues to expand its scope of sustainable development, recycling more than 180 million pounds of industrial and post-consumer plastics in the past two years. Although rigid and flexible PVC account for more than 50% of Lakeland Polymers' recycling work, they have diversified into other markets, including olefins, PVB, nylon, and PET. Lakeland Polymers prides itself on working with manufacturers with similar focus and goals. They have established and maintained relationships with customers in the United States, Europe, and Mexico to reduce their carbon footprint, avoid materials entering landfills, and help reduce their raw material costs. In addition to our main office in New Jersey, they also expanded to Ohio in 2017. They now have offices and more than 60,000 square feet of warehouse space in Ohio. Lakeland Polymers provides grinding, sorting, material integration and repackaging to help achieve the goal of zero waste to landfill. For more information, please visit lakelandpolymers.com.
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